The 2016 World Series
The 2016 World Series could be one for the record books, in more ways than one. The Chicago Cubs, who held the best record in the majors in 2016, are considered favorites to win despite the fact that history is working against them. The "Curse of the Billy Goat," one of baseball's most famous superstitions, was supposedly placed on the Cubs franchise in 1945 when the owner of the famous Billy Goat Tavern was asked to leave because the smell of his pet goat, Murphy, was bothering fans. He allegedly declared "The Cub's ain't gonna win no more!" The team has not won a World Series since 1908 or played in the World Series since 1945.
Among Chicago's competitors in the National League are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost in the NLDS last season. The Washington Nationals and star outfielder Bryce Harper are also making a case, and - as an expansion team from the 1970s - could be in line for their first World Series ring. Lastly, the San Francisco Giants are fighting to continue their run of championships on every even year, a feat they have accomplished dating back to 2010.
In the American League, the upstart Toronto Blue Jays are red-hot after winning the Wild Card game and taking down the Texas Rangers in the ALDS. Sluggers Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson have the power - and the confidence - to bring the World Series to Canada. However, the Cleveland Indians are trying to continue a year of Cleveland championships with a bid for their first title since 1948.
How Much Will World Series Tickets Cost?
If the Cubs make the World Series, we very well may see record-setting ticket prices for the games at Wrigley Field. Last year, we saw the hottest ticket ever for an MLB game on SeatGeek for Game 3 of the World Series in New York, which sold for an average resale price of just over $1000. In Chicago, the average resale price could easily be double or triple that figure. However, should the Cubs be knocked out, prices may be much more reasonable - in line with or, more likely, lower than last season. Fans in Toronto are on track to, thus far, find the best value in seating options should the team advance to the World Series.